Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
Couldn't have said it better, that's for sure! I hate how in some people's minds being against the Iraq war (esp in the very beginning) means you love Saddam Hussein. He wasn't a good person. If there is a hell, he's in a special corner of it now, for mass murderers and violent dictators. But there are people in power right now in other places who have done similar things who were trained by the US military to become violent dictators. This war was not another in a string of "let's rid the world of leaders who do bad things to their people", in fact, until now, the US has never intervened in another country's business for that reason.
I still don't really understand why we're being sent to Iraq to be maimed or die. We aren't defending ourselves, because we weren't being threatened, and we're sure not gaining anything. The death toll to American troops has now surpassed 3,000. I just have to ask myself what they died for, and cry, because there isn't anything else you can do about it.
Anyway, I've just watched the video of Saddam's actual hanging (the cell-phone one, not the one shown on CNN) and it's appalling. What did that really accomplish? Sure, he's dead now, but how has that made the world better?
Ohh that's all so well said and I couldn't agree more.
This may start some heat and I don't mean it to because it really is just an opinion and although based in some part on schools of thought that have been circulating for a while, it is mostly just my opinion.
I believe Bush initially went to Iraq because he was overcommitted from his search for WMDs and desperate to find a scapegoat for 9/11. He almost had to declare war to `save face' so to speak - there were NO weapons of mass destruction, and very little to no progress on capturing those responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center. Hussein tried to assassinate Bush Snr ! There was a very personal family vendetta going on there and Bush Jnr saw an opportunity to retaliate under the guise of a misguided (as it turns out) premise - WMDs.
He had a responsibility to create a show of strength for the world in the face of 9/11, he needed an opportunity to depose Hussein for the attempt on his father's life, he declared a `War on Terror' and made the actual war itself one against Iraq. The country was in a bad state to begin with and now it is utterly diabolical. The troops that are over there fighting are in a hopeless situation, in a war they should NEVER have been asked to fight, and more American troops now have died in this war than did victims of 9/11.
All so that Bush could show what a tough guy he is. I'm sorry if that's oversimplifying things but it's the way I see it. And it makes me really sad. The only thing good that has come out of this is that the world is no longer sitting back and blindly putting up with whatever he dictates, there has been a huge wake-up call over the past months and Bush is beginning to be more commonly seen for what he is. His show of bravado fooled many, many Americans and those around the world for a long time, but the lack of any substance behind that bravado is what he will be remembered for.
There was just no good reason for that war. Not one. I hope that the troops get withdrawn because they shouldn't be there - your post was spot on IMO Essayons. But what happens to Iraq after they're gone? We plunge the country into a desperate mess and then leave them alone to pick up the pieces. It's just WRONG, plain wrong, and has been from the start.